The simple cleaning hacks that could save you big money

If you buy different cleaning products for every surface in your home, you could be wasting hundreds of dollars that all do the same thing – or even nothing at all.

Consumer group Choice’s comparison of the top cleaners on supermarket shelves came up with alarming results.

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“Surprisingly, price is not necessarily an indicator of performance,” Ashley Iredale from Choice told Sunrise.

“Sure you can pay a lot of money and get a premium product that will do a good job, but if you choose wisely you can also get a great performing product for a fraction of the price.”

Choice put popular cleaning products to the test. Credit: Sunrise

But some products that promise to make your house sparkle are completely missing the mark.

“For most cleaners, they do a pretty good job of getting the grime off,” Iredale explained.

“For some of them though, rather than actually getting the grime off, they actually lubricate the stain – which means that instead of biting in and removing the soil, your cleaning cloth will just glide over the top of them.”

Ashley Iredale from Choice. Credit: Sunrise

Finding a good multi-purpose spray can cover you pretty much everywhere apart from the bathroom, where you’ll need something different to combat soap scum.

Other products are best to avoid altogether.

“When it comes to floor cleaners, we find that none of them are very effective when used to the manufacturers’ directions,” said Iredale.

“In fact, some of them are no better than water, or even slightly worse… so our advice is save your money and just use hot water and elbow grease to get your floors clean.”

Influencing advice

Melbourne mum Chantel Mila has gone viral for proving to her million-plus followers that sometimes all you need are a few basic supplies to get the job done.

“My top five things are white vinegar, baking soda, lemons, dishwashing liquid and a dish brush,” Mila told Sunrise.

Chantel Mila has grown an online following with her simple household hacks. Credit: Sunrise

“For cleaning a bathroom, I recommend using a dish brush … simply mix half white vinegar and half dishwashing liquid into your dish brush, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil, and you can use this to clean your entire bathroom,” she said.

“It leaves it squeaky clean and only takes about five minutes to do.”

Many homes have been impacted by mold following the recent months of steady rain.

“There’s a really simple DIY spray that you can use to prevent mold growth around your home,” Mila advised.

“Simply mix one cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle, and then add 20 drops of clove oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil.”

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